5 Penny-isms in Food Photography

Meet Penny De Los Santos, photojournalist and photographer.

Ree Drummond, from Pioneer Woman Cooks, introduced her to me.

Virtually, of course.  I "met" Penny through an online photography class through CreativeLive.  It has been two days of the best reality tv I could ever imagine. 

I watched.

I listened.

I laughed.

I learned.  A lot.

She used descriptive words that I call, "Penny-isms."












Does that make sense? 

Well, she said that, too.  It made her human and she connected, really connected with everybody. 

She was engaging, thought provoking, and most of all, encouraging.  I am such a newbie to photography and came away with a whole new perspective. 

What did she encourage us to do?

1.  Practice your "seeing" daily.  Study food magazines, food photo books, food photo sites.
2.  Use beautiful ingredients.  The more beautiful, the easier the shot.
3.  Use natural light.  Always, always, always.

I also learned that it is important to be passionate about what you do. 

Do what you love, love what you do.

Thanks, Penny!

There is ONE session left tomorrow.  The videos from the first two days are available for free on the course page, or you can purchase the download for $99.  After the program ends, the price will go up to $149, so sign up and watch the magic happen!


  1. LOVE IT! That basically sums it up. She has such a passion for food and for photography. For this wannabe photographer, it has been awesome!

  2. Yeah, this has been a fantastic class. And I just found out that I'm going to be on set tomorrow as one of the "eaters!" So giddy right now, but need to get some sleep!! Hah!

    And love the "penny-isms!"

  3. Pretty darn amazing huh? I agree! There is such a difference in learning from someone who truly cares about what she does, how she does it, etc., than from learning from someone who does it strictly for the money.

    Her enthusiasm is positively contagious!

  4. I love how you wrote this post-inspiring. This made me realize how uncreative I am in my writing.

  5. Mike, you lucky duck! Have a wonderful time ~ I'll be looking for you!


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